DT Charles Walker Leaves Team to Prep For NFL Draft

Oklahoma defensive lineman Charles Walker, a redshirt junior, has told OU coach Bob Stoops that he is leaving the Sooners program to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.

Oklahoma has two regular-season games remaining against West Virginia and rival Oklahoma State, but Walker has been out of the lineup for more than a month due to a concussion. It's unclear whether Walker would have been available for either of those games, or the postseason. But Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops left only one interpretation for how he viewed the decision.

"Quitting on your teammates is hard to take as a coach," Stoops said, according to The Oklahoman.

Earlier this season, amid rumors of an early departure from the program, Walker addressed them with a social media post which read, in part, "I'll never leave my guys behind," per The Oklahoman. (NFL.com)
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